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Old 05-26-2012, 06:05 AM   #85
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Axle vertical spacing between C channel and axle assembly

I was thinking through a later stage of my project "Belly Pan", and see a flaw in how it will be installed. There is no gap between the axle assembly and the bottom of the C channel, which means that I will need to cut the belly pan around the axle assembly. I was hoping the AS Forums team would validate my plan to add a 1/8" thick steel spacer between the channel and axle assembly, to allow the pan to slide through, yet provide support between the C channel and axle assembly.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:16 AM   #86
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Hey Baux,
In post 80 it looks like you already have the axles bolted in. If that is the case, I'd notch the belly pan to fit around the axle brackets. Looks like it one of those oops! things. It will be fine the way it is. I'd think it would be counter productive to try to lower the axles 1/8".
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elongated bolt holes

Top, The axle assembly actually has oval (elongated vertically) bolt holes, so I could jack up the frame and leave the wheels on the ground, with bolts just loosened up. Add the spacer, and then re tighten.

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Hi mike I just released my axles and dropped them down a bit to allow the belly pan sheet to slip into place and then jacked the axles back into place. That way the belly pan is one piece with no holes or notches to seal around.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #89
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Swiss Cheese or Floor Channel

I have a couple concerns.
There are too many holes in the skin and floor channel. Should I try to fill the extra holes in the channel? If so, what is the best material.
Should I buy new channel..knowing it is expensive, and won't fit the plywood without adjustments?

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Mike all those holes held a rivet at one time. First they solid rivet the shell to the channel, then the side wraps are pop riveted on and finally the lower beltline trim is poip riveted on. If you are very exact about placement of the channel almost all of the holes can be reused. I injected a healthy bead of vulkem between the shell and the channel and also injected vulkem into each hole I drilled for rivet installation.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #91
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New Waste Tanks

New black and gray ABS tanks. Since my 73 didn't have a gray tank, I needed to add framework to support the new one. haven't laid out the drain lines, but it looks pretty straight forward.
I used elevator bolts to bolt the tanks to the frame.
I struggled with how to support the tanks from below, and I settled on metal strapping. its not my favorite material, but it looks like it will be OK. I was thinking about wrapping the strapping in rubber, or adding some flat ABS panels between the tanks and the straps, to protect the tanks.
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Started on the floor

The floor spacers have 2 coats of West System epoxy resin. I used self-tapping, counter-sunk screws from Vintage Trailer Supply.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #93
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Address or State of Mind

While picking up parts at the Mother Ship, I found a sign for the street where I think I live..
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #94
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Rear End Upgrade and Repair

I picked a Shrinker/Stretcher up so I could fabricate some curved "L" channel to shed water at the rear end. Once I apply some Vulkem behind it and rivet all the pieces in, I think it will be much more resistant to leaks than the way the factory built it.
The funny thing about this little project was that I went to my favorite welding /fabrication spot, as well as a really good sheet metal shop to have the work done, before I bought the Shrinker/Stretcher. They said that there was absolutely no way this bend can be done.....they would be well served to visit The Air Forums.
I will snap more photos of the completed job.

Aerowood, if you happen to read this...thanks for the tool demos at the Restoration rally. Those demos were my inspiration for this upgrade.

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Mike,

Looking good. Where did you purchase the shrinker/stretcher from?
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I purchased at harbor Freight with a 20% off coupon...$112.00

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Looking good. Where did you purchase the shrinker/stretcher from?
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there is an alternate method for bending the impossible...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...tml#post979845
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Timing is everything

That manual "bowed" bending process is great to know, I wish I would have known it 2 weeks ago. There are several bright sides, though, to my project. I would have spent almost the same amount on having the shop bend it, if they would have known how, so daddy got a new tool for free . At least that is what I am telling Mrs. Bauxter. Additionally, looking at your curved piece, it looks like the side that lays horizontal is wider than mine. The stretcher did not like to bend more that about 3/4", about the width of its jaw. So, when I need something wider, I know how to do it.
I hope that was scrap marine grade plywood in the pictures, or you may have as much invested in that as the tool I bought.
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